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Six reasons for hope in treatment of scleroderma


“I kind of fell into this,” Dr. Aryeh Fischer told me. 

You wouldn’t know it by looking at the Doctor of the Year award sitting on his desk. He received it in 2014 from the Scleroderma Foundation at the National Patient Education Conference. 

Despite the unexpected journey, Dr. Fischer is now a rheumatologist, researcher, and associate professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He works every day to help his scleroderma patients live better and longer. He’s also a member of the Scleroderma Foundation’s medical advisory board and a faculty member for the foundation’s Continuing Medical Education/Continuing Nursing Education program. 

We sat down in his office on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora to discuss where we’ve come in the fight and where we’re going. If there’s anyone to give us perspective, Dr. Fischer is the guy, the guru, the expert. 

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